The actor, history enthusiast and presenter profiles the most legendary of Italy's rulers, beginning with the first of two instalments about infamously assassinated general Julius Caesar. Visiting Rome, Egypt, Greece and France, Tony attempts to fathom the motives for his murder, and assesses why the popular leader, well-loved military figure and radical reformer was hated by some of his closest allies.
The presenter investigates ancient Roman society, chronicling the latter years of Julius Caesar, when his power stretched far and wide after a string of military victories. Separating fact from fiction, he reveals the global impact of his reign, unearths the truth behind the legendary meeting with Cleopatra, and asks if the ill-fated leader's last words really were 'Et tu, Brute?'
The presenter investigates the stories of death and debauchery surrounding notorious tyrant Caligula, whose thirst for power blinded him to the dangerous repercussions of his actions. Despite winning the respect of his army with a series of attacks against barbarian hordes, he jeopardised popularity among the elite with his arrogant nature and claims of divinity.
Presenter and historian Tony Robinson explores ancient Roman society under Nero's rule. Nephew of tyrannical emperor Caligula, Nero was initially regarded with adulation - but his turbulent private life, a decision to implement fire tax, and his reluctance to tour military outposts contributed toward his eventual demise.